The secret to making your kids drink this healthy vegan green monster juice is to make it naturally sweet! (Adding "monster" to the name helps too!) Made entirely from fresh fruits and vegetables, just start with some orange, red apple and cucumber, the rest is really up to you...
You can use any ingredient you want according to what’s in season, what your body needs or what your kids like, just mix it all in. For this recipe we added celery, beetroot, its leaves, lettuce and mixed home-grown herbs. To add some sweetness try including dried fruits. As always, try your best to use organic produce.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 1 red apple
- half a cucumber (peeled)
- 1 branch of celery
- 2 oranges
- 2 lettuce leaves
- pinch of mixed leaves
- 2 prunes
2. Chop chop chop
After the fruit and vegetables are washed, start chopping them up into small pieces.
3. Get Every Last Drop
To make the most of the oranges, instead of squeezing them, remove their peels and chop them up into big chunks. Don’t worry about the seeds too much.
4. Make the sweet base
Place the orange bits, cucumber and apple inside the blender or food processor.
5. Add any random green leaves
I used beetroot leaves in this juice, as they are usually neglected and thrown away — but they are yummy!
6. Celery leaves
Don’t toss the celery leaves, blend them in!
7. Make it Sweet, Naturally
To make it sweeter I added two chopped dried prunes, which are both sweet and savory.
Mix all the ingredients together.
Take your peels and vegetable rests to the compost.
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